DNA in a material world

Nature. 2003 Jan 23;421(6921):427-31. doi: 10.1038/nature01406.


The specific bonding of DNA base pairs provides the chemical foundation for genetics. This powerful molecular recognition system can be used in nanotechnology to direct the assembly of highly structured materials with specific nanoscale features, as well as in DNA computation to process complex information. The exploitation of DNA for material purposes presents a new chapter in the history of the molecule.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • DNA / chemistry*
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA / metabolism*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nanotechnology* / trends
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • DNA